30 Below Contest

Deadline: 
November 9, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$24
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee between September 9 and November 9. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, 30 Below Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Mighty River Short Story Prize

Deadline: 
October 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Southeast Missouri State University Press, Mighty River Short Story Prize, 1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Susan Swartwout, Publisher.

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Calvino Prize

Deadline: 
October 14, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to read at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in February 2017. Jonathan Lethem will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short story or an excerpt from a story collection, novel, or novella of up to 25 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 14. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Louisville, Calvino Prize, English Department, Room 315, Bingham Humanities Building, Louisville, KY 40292.

Short Story Award

Deadline: 
August 8, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.

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Writing Contests

Deadline: 
September 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in fiction, and T Clutch Fleischmann will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Black Warrior Review, Writing Contests, University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870170, Office of Student Media, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Bronwyn Valentine, Editor.

Spring Story Contest

Deadline: 
July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$24
Cash Prize: 
$2,500

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $24 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, Spring Story Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street, #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

Deadline: 
August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Submit a story collection of up to 200 pages or a novella of up to 50,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Snake Nation Press, Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, 110 West Force Street, Valdosta, GA 31601. Roberta George, Founding Editor.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize

Deadline: 
June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of North Texas Press, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, University of Texas, English Department, 203 Carlisle Hall, P.O. Box 19035, Arlington, TX 76019. Laura Kopchick, General Editor.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Deadline: 
June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$15,000

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Pittsburgh Press, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, 7500 Thomas Boulevard, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. 


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Doris Bakwin Award

Deadline: 
June 15, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 50,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 15. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Carolina Wren Press, Doris Bakwin Award, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. (919) 560-2738. Andrea Selch, President.

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